noun, often capitalized
yup·pie | \ˈyə-pē \

Definition of yuppie 

: a young college-educated adult who is employed in a well-paying profession and who lives and works in or near a large city

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Other Words from yuppie

yuppiedom \ˈyə-pē-dəm \ adjective
yuppieish \ˈyə-pē-ish \ adjective

Examples of yuppie in a Sentence

Her friends are just a bunch of yuppies.

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While ballroom culture sizzled uptown, there was also the rise of the yuppie Trump era and the excess of a different kind coming together farther downtown. Melissa Magsaysay, latimes.com, "Strike a 'Pose.' Here's a look at the fashion from Ryan Murphy's FX drama," 12 July 2018 Progressive yuppies Bonnie and Todd, move into a new home after accidentally burning down their last one. Kt Hawbaker, chicagotribune.com, "Victory Gardens sets lineup for 10th Ignition Festival of New Plays," 13 June 2018 There’s a disco ball above the bar where plaid flannel shirts and local yuppies in rumpled Patagonia Better Sweaters drink off their weeks. Oset Babur, Bon Appetit, "Where the Fridge, Not the Bartender, Hands Out Advice," 6 June 2018 Ferndale's turning into a weird yuppie/party town now. Robert Allen, Detroit Free Press, "Suburban tension: 'Don't Royal Oak My Ferndale'," 17 May 2018 Rampant gentrification is what happens when yuppies win a zero-sum competition for housing. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "The Urban Housing Crisis Is a Test for Progressive Politics," 18 Apr. 2018 Back inside there's a mixed crowd of black and white men and women—lots of students, punk rockers, and yuppies. Aimee Levitt, Chicago Reader, "Archive Dive / Music / Neighborhoods A look back at a punk club doorman and his buffet of food offerings," 23 May 2018 Thus, while Ashwin enjoys the pleasures of India’s new yuppie culture, throwing small parties and playing squash with his buddies, Ratna is confined to the kitchen and her tiny bedroom, yet can still pursue a fashion design career on the side. Jordan Mintzer, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Sir': Film Review | Cannes 2018," 14 May 2018 View 19 Photos What the modern yuppie will get in the X2 xDrive28i is a 3705-pound crossover with room for five and their $15 kale smoothies. Car and Driver, "2018 BMW X2 xDrive28i," 27 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of yuppie

1980, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for yuppie

probably from young urban professional + -ie

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Financial Definition of yuppie

What It Is

Yuppie is short for young urban professional.

How It Works

Yuppies are usually in their twenties or thirties, just out of college or graduate school, and have high-paying jobs in the city. They tend to lead affluent lifetstyles.

In modern usage, the term may refer to any person who is obviously affluent or even arrogant.

Why It Matters

The term was very popular in the 1980s. Though the term used to be aspirational, it has since evolved to be more derogatory.

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English Language Learners Definition of yuppie

: a young college-educated adult who has a job that pays a lot of money and who lives and works in or near a large city

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